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Border board seeks answers to Malheur County worker shortage but so far answers are elusive

Tiffany Cruickshank, a member of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board, makes a point during a meeting at Treasure Valley Community College last week. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – Land use and developing a stable workforce are the two issues people see as priorities, the chairman of a local board charged with boosting the economy said.

“Everyone is looking for quality workforce and it is an under-met need at all levels,” said Shawna Peterson, chair of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board.

The seven-member board met Friday at Treasure Valley Community College to establish priorities after hearing from residents, government officials and local industry leaders.

The board is designed to spark economic development, create jobs and tackle gaps in state regulations between Oregon and Idaho that hamper growth. The committee started work in . . .